Actually, I should have just copied them like this (notes are Ron Burgundy's):
The wines ranged in price from $20-$100, in vintage from 1986 to 2007 and were from Bordeaux, Colorado, Napa Valley and Tuscany. The bottles were wrapped in foil, numbered and tasted blind. In the order of tasting, here are my notes:
Wine 1: Dark purples that lightens at the rim. Aromas of brown sugar, leather, juniper and a hint of dill emanate from the glass. On the palate it is almost meaty, with slight floral flavors complementing blackberries and molasses. Good.
Wine 2: Deep brown sherry like color. Mushrooms, forest floor aromas are present but secondary to the dominant soy sauce scents. It tastes like tofu and bamboo shoots soaked in soy sauce. Definitely a wine past its prime. Average.
Wine 3: Dark garnet. This wine is very aromatic. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, figs and dried orange peel tease the nose. Unfortunately, this one fails to deliver on the palate. Slightly spicy with old leather flavors fade quickly and this one does not hold up to the steak. Average/Good.
Wine 4: This black/purple inky wine smells of cedar and black fruits. This one is a big, tannic wine that needs more air. It is tight but gives rich blackberry and currant flavors. Good potential, but needs more time to open up. Good.
Wine 5: This is probably the wine with the most finesse of the night. It is a light, clear ruby color. Brown sugar, caramel aromas are complemented by hints of spice and violets. It is very smooth with well-integrated tannins. Red and black raspberry, plums, toffee, a slight spiciness and a hint of sweetness all combine to create complex and interesting flavors on the palate. Very Good/Excellent. It is also my WOTN.
Wine 6: A contrast the previous wine, but almost as good, this wine is an inky dark purple color. The nose is spicy and shows a bit of heat. It tastes big and jammy, though not overly tannic. This is a smooth and simple wine but it is tasty. Good/Very Good.
Wine 7: Another black/purple colored wine. You can smell the oak influence on the nose along with gobs of dark fruit and glycerol. It takes of blackberry jam, black cherry and oak. A nice wine that needs a few more years. Good/Very Good.
Wine 8: This dark red wine smells of dark fruits, cigar and soy sauce. This big, powerful wine is straightforward on the palate and dominated by tar, tobacco and tannin. A bit big/young. Good.
Wine 9: Another complex wine. Dark ruby red color. At first sniff, I got toast with blackberry preserves. Subsequent smells yield pencil shavings and vanilla. A very complex palate shows off black currant, vanilla, bacon fat and soy. Most Bordeaux-like of the night. Very Good.
Wine 10: Dark purplish brown wine that looks like balsamic vinegar. It smells like balsamic (not in a bad way), blackberry maple syrup and spices. It tastes a bit hot with simple spices and a touch of sweetness along with subtle tobacco flavors. Good.
Top wines of the night: #1: Wine 5 #2: Wine 9 #3: Wine 6 (followed very closely by 7)
Wines unveiled: Wine 1: = 2007 Reeder Mesa, Land’s End Red, Meritage, Grand Valley, Colorado Wine 2: = 1986 Chateau Montelena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Wine 3: = 1998 Heitz, Bella Oaks, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Wine 4: = 2001 Casanova di Neri, Pietradonice, Sant ‘Antimo DOC, Italy Wine 5: = 2006 Plum Creek Winery, Grand Mesa, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Grand Valley, Colorado Wine 6: = 2001 Trefethen, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District Wine 7: = 2006 StellaGrey, Napa Valley Red Wine Wine 8: = 2001 St. Clement, Orropas, Napa Valley Wine 9: = 2003 Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, France Wine 10: = 1997 Cuvaison, Howell Mountain
'Sorry it's taken me so long to participate; work has been insane. Nice job, Burgundy. I would add:
I agree on the WOTN, the '06 Plum Creek Cab/Merlot - so nice to drink a young wine that's not trying to be a bodybuilder. The toffee/caramel/brown-sugar note was transparent enough not to dominate the wine, and it was simply a pleasure to drink. Clearly outstanding. I would also add that the other Colorado wine (#1, Reeder Mesa Meritage) was also in my top 5-6 wines, and I think I enjoyed it more than Ron Burgundy, as I would label it 'very good,' probably about an 87-8 for those into numbers. I was blown away by how well the CO wines showed.
I personally enjoyed the '01 Trefethen more than the '01 Lascombes, but in the world of 'blind tasting,' the Lascombes (despite being from the '03 vintage) was so different from everything else in the line-up, there was no doubting wine #9 was the Lascombes. It was a welcomed change-of-pace, but on its own, it did not outshine the Trefethen, IMHO.
The '01 Pietradonice, which I brought and decanted almost three hours before it was tasted, showed almost like a young petite sirah, as stated by several tasters. It had improved when we went back to taste it at the end (5+ hours of aeration), but it still wasn't what I'd call 'open.' I'll reserve judgment for now, but as-is, it was not one of my top 5-6 wines.
In the realm of typical, big Napa Cabs, I really enjoyed the '06 StellaGrey. Not my usual speed, but for the type, it's excellent.
I have very little Cab in my collection, so I was grateful for the event and for the chance to meet such wonderful tasting companions. 'Hope to see everyone again soon.
Thanks for moving my notes over here; should put them here in the first place!
IB- I agree, no way the two CO wines are ranked above 9th place if we had tasted open. I don't think everyone had it as top, but I think 3 or 4 out of 6 had Plum Creek as WOTN. Though, I would be pleased with any of them in my glass any night (maybe not the Montelena).
I love blind tastings and the results that come from them. Too bad I'll be out of town for the Syrah tasting in Jan.
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